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ILC 2009: Dr. David Kohl – How the Top Farmers and Ranchers are Managing Their Operations

July 16, 2009

At the International Livestock Congress (ILC), Dr. David Kohl spoke about some of the things the top performing farmers and ranchers are doing to survive in this extreme market volatility and global recession.  Dr. Kohl also comments on the differences between Canadian and American farmers.  

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Part 1 of 2 Lloyd Dyck CEO Brett Young -The Future Success at Brett Young is in Biologicals and Leveraging Strong Strategic Relationships

March 25, 2009

This is part 1 of 2 of my interview with Lloyd Dyck, CEO of Brett Young. Brett Young is truly unique because it is family owned and provides a a very diversified product line to the marketplace. In this video Lloyd discusses how the future growth of the company is in biologicals like PodCeal and Bio Boost and how it leverages strategic relationships to build the business. Lloyd is a well respected strong businessman who has a tall task to compete against very large competitors like Monsanto, Bayer and Viterra. As Lloyd mentions in the video, Brett Young has found success by leveraging their strong relationships with like minded companies like Miller Chemical and DL Seeds.

Crop Week – Farm Shows Are Really About Drinking Beer

January 14, 2009

This is my first time to Crop Week in Saskatoon and I plan to return in the future. One thing that is consistent amongst farm shows is the ever present beer gardens. Now don’t get me wrong there is serious business that is done over a cold one. There is discussion about Roughriders football, who will win the Stanley Cup and who will win American Idol this season.

In all seriousness the beer gardens at any farm show is where farmers get to spend some valuable time together and collaborate and share ideas with neighbors or farmers from other provinces.

Yesterday I went into the beer gardens and ran into and old friend, Mark Lepp from FarmLink Solutions and we had a chance to catch up and discuss what was happening in the markets. To me this type of surprise encounter is what makes farm trade shows so special. Its not just about the new equipment, new seed genetics or getting a bag of collected free goodies. A big benefit of attending farm shows is that you get a chance to connect with your network. It is important that you take the time to develop a center of influence and learn form the successes and mistakes of your colleagues. I find that grain farmers are very good about sharing ideas regarding production practices. I recommend if you have not done so yet this year attend a farm show. Manitoba Ag Days, Ag-Expo and FarmTech are all left before spring. Walk the show to do your business but also take the time to network with your network even if it is over a cold beer in the beer gardens.

Crop Week – Elaine Froese Discusses Family Farm Transistions

January 14, 2009

If you really examine the issues that family farms face you might conclude that they are set up to fail. I am not talking about challenges like low commodity prices or high input costs. What I mean by this is that families that farm together really face tough battles that are different than regular corporate issues. I have a friend that works for a large company and it is a policy that you cannot date or be married to another co-worker in the same department. Well on a family farm you may have three brothers, three wives and the parents all working within the same corporate department. On top of this is the challenge of when the parents pass away and the siblings are left to find there own definition of family without the parents. Other factors are dealing with non-operating siblings and how they fit into this very complicated story.

Family farms are the root of agriculture but no matter where you go in North America the same systemic succession / family planning issues exist. At the Crop Production Show, I met with Elaine Froese, a professional author, speaker and certified coach on family planning issues. Elaine is great at getting farm families to follow all the proper steps to ensure a proper plan is executed and the family can be a family. As Elaine told me, “the most important thing is at the end of the day the family can have turkey dinner together.”

By talking to Elaine I can tell that step one is talking and asking questions of one another. That’s it….talking. What is everyone feeling? Who will be taking over the farm and more importantly when? I recommend that you go to http://www.elainefroese.com/ to find out more about Elaine’s process and possibly get in touch with her so that she can help your farm succession.

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Crop Week – What Farm Credit Canada is Hearing

January 13, 2009

In my role at Haney Farms, I get to chat with many farmers from across the country which allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of the farming community. Another great way to further understand the pulse or the issues of farmers is to talk to equipment dealers, grain buyers and financiers to name few. At the Crop Production Show I chatted with Denton McGregor, Relationship Manager at Farm Credit Canada in Saskatoon to get his read on the current situation and what he is hearing from his clients.
Denton also talks about Ag Day in Canada which is hosted by Farm Credit Canada on January 28th. If the video does not embed properly in your browser click here for the video.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

December 31, 2008

I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and thank you for taking the time to visit this site.  The traffic on the site continues to grow on a daily basis which is very encouraging.   Thank you to everyone for all the feedback and help in developing the content of the site.  A special thank you to the Norm and Sara for your advice and patience with all my questions.  Also a thank you to Jay Whetter for adding his blog feed to the right side bar.  

The plans for http://www.realagriculture.com in 2009 are big and I promise to continue to build on the early success of the past two months.  As an industry lets learn from 2008 and approach 2009 with energy and focus across North America.   See you in 2009.  

Haney Farms has GIANT VIEWS

December 1, 2008

Recently I did an interview with the Owner of Germination Magazine, Robynne Anderson. In terms of my writing interests, Robynne has been a strong mentor for me. I was quite honored to have Robynne ask me to participate in her GIANT VIEWS program. Robynne’s company Issues Ink is the North American leader in covering the issues affecting the seed business. Click on the title of this post or below to see my interview with Robynne.
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Tread Carefully in Today’s Cattle Business

November 21, 2008

I was invited by the High River Feeder Association to speak at their annual meeting last night. The meal was great and the people were very welcoming. I spoke to the fact that the beef business is under attack.

No more than ever have we had to deal with such volatility and impactful variables. When there is one major threat to your business you have a chance to mitigate the threat. Today what we face is a massive influx of threats, many of which are our of our control as single operations. A tightening credit market, recession, market volatility, fragmented supply chain, and COOL are all factors changing the landscape of the feeding business in the short and long term. The 50 people in the room last night in High River were concerned about their future in the cattle business and you should be to.

I recommend that everyone tread very carefully and stay away from trying to hit home runs because this environment does not allow for hit.

Being Successul is a Team Effort

September 26, 2008

Due to the fact that my Trish my wife is traveling in the US all week I have been acting as a single parent. I made the comment to my mom tonight who was watching the kids for me while I was at a meeting that “I have a new appreciation for single parents.” This has made me realize that whether it is managing a company or a family, it truly is a team effort in order to succeed. Between trying to finish harvest and trying to make sure that the kids get to school I feel like I am frantically trying to hold it together. Inside of a family every person is relied upon to fulfill their role in order to make the whole team better. The kids make their beds and empty the dishwasher while the parents work and provide guidance and mentorship to the children. A farm operation runs no differently in the sense that we all must execute on our reponsibilities to make sure that the company succeeds. Many times our culture has made the CEO the celebrity, the person that makes the orgnization who it is. This is really not reality in the sense, that it is everyone pulling in the same direction that makes both families and businesses successful in the short and long term, during good times and bad.